Close cooperation with the business world is required throughout the entire programme for all participating candidates. This can be as a dominating element, where the business basically requests the thesis, or indirect where the candidate is using businesses for case studies. If a business is closely involved in the research work a candidate is carrying out, this business will have to provide for co-supervision in regard to thesis work.
To formalise the developed connections between organisations and private companies, the programme uses framework Company Cooperation Agreements. The document stipulates the basic provisions of the student’s placement in the company and is meant to be signed between the partner university and a company (or organisation) providing placement for the RUCHIN students. All placements are arranged by the relevant institutions in partner universities. The institutions of the partner universities inform the RUCHIN students about the possibilities to do the placement and keep updating them.